Saints and West Ham stars have made more key passes than Di Maria so far

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West Ham United's Stewart Downing and Southampton's Dusan Tadic are ahead of Manchester United's Angel Di Maria in the number of key passes made stat.

West Ham United's Stewart Downing's and Southampton's Dusan Tadic's stunning form for their clubs is highlighted by the fact they have made more key passes than Angel Di Maria in the Premier League so far.

  TeamKey passes
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 27
Stewart Downing West Ham 26
Dusan Tadic Southampton 25
Leighton Baines Everton 23
Ángel Di María Man Utd 23

Di Maria has been Manchester United's best summer signing so far and also is renowned as one of the most incisive attacking midfielders in the world, but Tadic and Downing are proving to be more influential for their sides.

Downing has made 26 key passes, with Tadic making 25 - meaning both have surpassed Di Maria's tally to date of 23.

Indeed, Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea is the only player ahead of the pair, with the Spaniard making 27 key passers for his teammates so far. 

Downing and Tadic are two of the major reasons behind their clubs' starts, which have elevated them both into the top four.

West Ham and Southampton are two of the Premier League's form sides and confidence is high at Upton Park and St. Mary's.

It seems likely that they will both be challenging for the European places, if they can keep their high standards up for the duration of the campaign.

To do this they will be relying on their two main creative outlets to continue making chances for their forwards and if they can stay ahead of Di Maria in this table then they are likely to remain two of the best in this area in England. 

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